Mission Statement

Welcome to our site! The purpose and mission of the United Association Local 716 State of Maine is to:

  • Organize those workers and employers in the plumbing, pipefitting, steamfitting and HVAC service industry who do not share the benefits of union representation.
  • Sponsor and support legislation which safeguards the safety and health of workers and the public, protects the rights of workers and promotes a fair, free, and just society.
  • Foster and promote programs on occupational safety and health, membership education and training and industry technological advances.
  • Encourage and promote stronger labor-management relations.
  • Promote the advancement of the organized plumbing and pipefitting industry for the benefit of its members, employers and the public
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  • Contractor Partnership Meeting

    What an amazing Partnership Contractor meeting with Summit Utility Today!  We are so pleased with the amount of contractors that attended and are looking forward to the future for all!

  • Volunteerism is What Unions Are All About!

    Thank You to Brother Hart, Brother Mulkern, Sister Napolitano, Sister McKenna, and so many more of our members for all the volunteer work you do!  We now have a NEW American Flagg in our NEWLY cleaned shop and a NEW Union Made sign!  We are truly grateful for all of our members!

  • Portland SCORE's Preparing the Financials for Your Business Plan


    June 27  |  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    SCORE Office, 100 Middle Street, East Tower, 2nd Floor; Portland 
    Cost: $35 with online registration; $50 walk-in 
    Sponsored by SCORE--Counselors to America's Small Business 
    FMI: 772.1147 or info@scoremaine.com   

    Writing a business plan requires a financial forecast. Learn how to prepare detailed financial projections, including start- up costs, and projected cash flow analysis. The provided templates will fulfill the requirements for commercial lenders and potential investors.
  • Is Maine’s population too old and white to be sustainable?

    PORTLAND, Maine — The number of annual deaths in Maine has eclipsed the number of births for the first time in recent history, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and economists in the state fear the trend will shrink the work force and make doing business here more and more expensive.

    The arrival of what’s known as a natural population decrease in Maine doesn’t come as a complete surprise for a state with the oldest and whitest population — two demographic groups that statistically bear the fewest children — of any in the nation.

    But Maine is crossing that threshold sooner than economists expected, and the pattern may accelerate what many believe will be a labor crisis in the state. As its glut of baby boomers retire and die, fewer Mainers are born and grow up to replace them in the workplace.

    http://bangordailynews.com/2013/06/13/news/state/is-maines-population-too-old-and-white-to-be-sustainable/

  • Educating Girls Key to Combating Child Labor

    from the US Department of Labor News Brief

    During an event commemorating World Day Against Child Labor, acting Secretary Harris stressed the role of education in the lives of 66 million girls worldwide who don't attend school. "Educating girls is a matter of basic decency and critical to shared prosperity in an interconnected global economy," said Harris during the June 12 event in Washington, D.C. A panel discussion featured Ambassador of Nepal to the U.S. Dr. Shankar Sharma; Holly Gordon, executive director of 10 x 10: Educate Girls, Change the World; Laura Bermudez of World Vision; and Carol Pier, acting deputy undersecretary of the Bureau of International Labor Affairs. There also was a screening of a portion of the new documentary "Girl Rising," which tells the stories of girls from nine countries and the power of education to change lives. In her remarks, Pier underscored the department's longstanding commitment to combat child labor. She told an audience of more than 200 that "the department has been a tireless champion of protecting the most vulnerable, including child laborers." Gordon, the film's executive producer, provided insight into the creative process of putting a human face on the barriers girls encounter in getting an education. During the panel discussion led by Pier, participants discussed effective strategies to improve the lives of children, and the significance of hearing the "voices of the adolescent girls" interviewed in the film. You can see the film "Girl Rising" when it premieres on CNN at 9 p.m. EDT on Sunday, June 16.

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  • Right NOW

    We need your help. Last night, the Maine Senate voted on a bill, LD 443, to strengthen the Workers Compensation system for injured workers in Maine. They passed it along party lines, with Democrats supporting the bill and Republicans opposing it. Now, the bill is going the the Maine House for a vote. If your senator voted for the bill, it would be great to thank them.

    Last year, Governor LePage and his legislative allies passed a bill that was a windfall for the insurance industry – gutting Workers' Comp and leaving injured workers out in the cold.

    LD 443 fixes some of the worst changes made last year. 

    Please contact your Representative right now and ask them to do what is right for injured workers by supporting LD 443. Then, thank your Senator if they voted for the bill. 

    Let them know that our workers' compensation system should ensure that those injured on the job are taken care of.

    Use this simple form to look up your Representative and send them a short personal message letting them know your position. It just takes 30 seconds.

    Workers' Compensation was created as a compromise where workers give up their ability to sue employers in exchange for speedy medical care and wage replacement when injured.  LD 443 takes a modest step to make sure that workers' part of that deal is upheld.

    Please contact your Representative right now by clicking hereCorporate and insurance lobbyists are working hard to kill this bill. We need you to contact your Representative.

    You can thank your Senator by leaving a message at 1 800-423-6900. Leave your Senator's name and say you'd like to thank them for protecting injured workers by voting for LD 443. 

    Thanks,
    Matt Schlobohm & the Maine AFL-CIO

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